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How to improve collaboration in work teams

How to Grow by Setting Professional Goals

Professional goals are how we visualize ourselves in our professional future.  They motivate us to move forward if we plan continuously. The Professional Development Plan is the tool to define strategies for meeting these goals.

What are some examples of professional goals?

  • Creating collaboration networks at your workplace.
  • Learning new skills or how to perform different tasks at work.
  • Learning a new language.
  • Learning how to use a new digital automation tool or alternative that makes work more efficient.
  • Improving the metrics of your work by setting Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound (SMART) goals. For example, increasing production yield by X% by the end of the year versus the previous full calendar year.
  • Reducing job burnout by creating a more positive and energetic attitude.
  • Making lateral job movements to another area or department at your workplace.
  • Taking courses or webinars or completing tests to measure your knowledge in a given area.

How to further your goals through a Professional Development Plan

Remember, your plan must always be SMART! It is also important that you realize this is all about continuous development, not just a temporary process for a single goal, but constant growth.

To create a Development Plan you must:

  • Determine what skills or qualities you need to develop, learn, or improve upon.
  • Prioritize your goals.
  • Distribute your goals over time based on the priority you established.  You don’t have to meet them all at the same time, or in the same way but set dates to meet your goals.
  • Work to fulfill your goals, do not expect them to be fulfilled by themselves or by someone else.
  • Respect your own processes if you have been successful.  If not, be willing to change your processes.
  • Evaluate if you have achieved your goals in specific intervals.  At least quarterly if not monthly.

Growing professionally requires you to dedicate time to this process.  It requires patience and discipline.  It is your career, so you must take complete ownership of this process.  It is not your supervisor’s job or the job of your HR department.  While they can help and you should ask for their assistance, you must have this process firmly in your control.  You can do it!

How to improve collaboration in work teams

Collaboration can be a way to innovate and promote positive change. It can also boost productivity and efficiency.  When this happens, we improve our work relationships because we build a higher level of trust within our teams.  At Optimus Steel we want to create the type of environment where collaboration leads to success, which leads to higher performing teams and this positive cycle can repeat itself for continuous achievements.

Communication is a value

Communication is an essential tool in work teams, but we must also learn to understand it as a value. Communication and collaboration must be promoted and information must be shared in order to foster improved relationships, so that we can all better understand work processes and projects.

Being clear is essential, and for this we must learn to listen. We suggest you read our other blog article in which you will learn more about the advantages of active listening. 

Focus on your mission … and others

Everyone on the team must take care to fulfill their functions and achieve their goals.  However, to the extent that you can be mindful of your tasks as well as those of others, and in areas outside of yours, you will be more effective for the wider enterprise.

Thinking in terms of common goals is more useful than thinking only of your personal or department goals, because you may fail to take into account how these may or may not affect other areas.

All team members must be aware of common goals and understand that there should not be destructive inside competition, but rather an environment of building together.

Encourage openness and trust

Trust and collaboration go hand in hand: it is important that we all feel taken into account, listened to, and immersed in an environment where innovation, participation and joint efforts are welcome.

There may be differences, it is not about everyone agreeing all the time, but rather about one being able to communicate differences in a calm, sincere way, and without anyone feeling affected or offended in their work.